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Fighting inactivity, saving lives. Join Us.

Active Oxfordshire is a charity that works tirelessly to help everyone across the county get active, get healthy and change their lives. Through collaborations across the county, we increase activity levels, help reduce health inequalities and make sure that people in the greatest need have better access to physical activity and sport. Our key priorities, known as our "Three Pillars", are Healthy Active Children; Healthy Place Shaping and Healthy for Life.

Active Oxfordshire wants to be a backbone organisation within the local third sector, bringing together local charities, schools, local authorities, public health organisations and many more to fight inactivity and tackle inequality – TOGETHER

You can read our new Strategy 2020-2024 and our 10 Ambitions below.

Why do we exist?

  • 1 in 2 Oxfordshire children are not meeting national recommendations for physical activity
  • There is a significant inequality gap across Oxfordshire for both children and adults; our most deprived communities experience levels of inactivity up to three times worse than more active parts
  • 51% of people aged over 75 are inactive and 53% of those aged over 85 are inactive
  • 69% of people living with long-term health conditions would like to be more active

This needs to change.

How we work in partnership: Tackling Inequalities

In May 2020, Active Oxfordshire was awarded £50,000 from Sport England's Tackling Inequalities Fund which aims to tackle inequalities in physical activity levels through working with its partners, to reach those most in need as a result of the impact of COVID-19. We identified eight partner charities, Oxfordshire Mind, Age UK Oxfordshire, Aspire Oxford, KEEN, Oxford Hub, Access Sport, OXSRAD and Oxfordshire Youth to create a community-based, hyper-local project called Active Reach.

Active Reach will use Aspire's Gym Bus, Street Champions, volunteer networks and specialist physical activity resources to reach people facing severe disadvantage and those with long-term health conditions and mental health issues, empowering them to get active and improve their physical, mental and social wellbeing. The first phase of the project will focus on Blackbird Leys.

We are delighted to have been awarded a further £50,000 to expand Active Reach into parts of Banbury and Abingdon, ensuring that more people can get active and change their lives.

Will you join us?

If you would like to be part of our journey fighting inactivity and tackling inequality, we'd be delighted to start a conversation. Here's how you can get involved:

Healthy Active Children:

  • Work with us to promote the benefits of activity to those who can influence change in communities
  • Share our information and resources to help us reach children and young people in the greatest need
  • If your organisation helps children and young people to get more active, we'd love to work with you to achieve mutual outcomes

For more information, please contact Josh Lenthall

Healthy Place Shaping:

  • We would like to hear from community groups, charities or third-sector organisations that wish to extend current offers to include sport or physical activity.
  • Please get in touch if you're a property developer, or other party interested in creating environments that support active travel, active play or healthier neighbourhoods.
  • We are keen to start conversations with groups looking to make the most of local community assets to support people's health and well-being.

For more information, please contact Matt Roebuck

Healthy for Life:

  • Work with us to support the development of a Physical Activity pathway for patients at risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), or with Long Term Health Conditions (LTHCs)
  • Join our cross-sector approach to provide activity opportunities for older people
  • Work with us to provide physical activity pathways to improve health outcomes, reduce health inequalities and empower communities.

For more information, please contact Annie Holden

Active Ambassadors:

  • We are particularly keen to hear from people who may be facing barriers to getting active, to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to have their voice heard. If your organisation could help identify people who might like to get involved, we'd be delighted to discuss further.

For more information, please contact Helen Mariner